Biohazard waste, such as blood and sewage, is disgusting and unpleasant to clean. There are professional cleaners who can do the job for you, but they are expensive. If you have a mess that needs cleaning, use these four questions to help you determine if you can clean it on your own or if you should hire a professional for biohazard clean up.

How Much Waste Is There?

The first factor to consider before you contact a professional cleaning company is the extent of the waste. You wouldn't call a professional if your toilet overflowed into the bathroom or if you created a small pool of blood from a cut to the hand. These small, more common messes can be safely and effectively be cleaned by you. Of course, you should still take protective measures, such as wearing gloves.

A larger mess, on the other hand, requires a professional to ensure every contaminated surface is clean. These larger messes tend to spill out into other rooms, or they are large-scale catastrophes, such as a sewage-flooded basement. Hiring a professional prevents dangerous contaminates from being left behind, which could affect the health of your family.

What Objects Are Contaminated?

What types of objects are contaminated also plays a major role in whether you should hire a professional. If the contaminated waste only touch some non-porous items, such as linoleum, you can probably clean it yourself. Simply remove the waste and disinfect it. Because the items are non-porous, the waste can't seep into it, so a good surface cleaning is enough.

If the waste reached porous items, however, you should contact a professional because you're going to need to remove and toss any affected drywall, carpeting and other porous items. As the name implies, these items have lots of openings, which absorb the contaminated liquid, making it difficult or impossible to get completely clean. Some items can still be cleaned and reused, but a professional will know best what items should be tossed to ensure safety.

Where Did The Waste Come From?

So, you have a mess that is small and has only contaminated non-porous items. However, that alone doesn't mean you should clean it on your own. Another major factor to determine is where the waste came from. If your young child just used the bathroom, but clogged the toilet with too much toilet paper, you know where the waste came from, and you know what pathogens are in there, so it's probably okay for you to clean.

If you don't know where the waste came from, or you know it contains dangerous pathogens, such as HIV, HBV or HCV, do not attempt to clean it on your own. Professionals understand the steps to take to ensure safety and effectively eliminate those pathogens instead of just diluting them or spreading them around.

Can You Do It Safely And Effectively?

If you have decided the waste can be cleaned by you, the last question to ask yourself is whether you can do it safety and effectively. The room should have lots of ventilation, and you need special protective clothing, such as gloves to keep you safe. On top of that, are you going to take the time to learn how to effectively clean the area? A small mistake, such as not removing an exposed piece of drywall can lead to odor, mold and sickness.

It's a lot of work and time, so if you don't want to take all the necessary precautions, learn how to clean everything effectively and actually do the work, contact a professional. The money you spend will be worth it to protect your family. Of course, even professionals make mistakes, so make sure you find a company with a good track record that can clean the waste effectively.  

When in doubt, always hire a professional instead of doing it yourself. Small mistakes during the cleanup can lead to major health and safety problems for your family in the future. For more information about biohazard cleanup, contact a company in your area today.